CIX Top 20 Announced:
Canada’s Most Innovative Technology Companies
Today, CIX (Canadian Innovation Exchange) announced the 2017 roster of innovative Canadian technology companies that have been inducted into the annual CIX Top 20 program. Companies are chosen by a selection committee made up of technology experts and investors from across the country.
Hundreds of profiles were submitted this year from all regions of Canada. Companies were chosen based on a number of key factors including product/service offering, depth of management, market opportunity, and business model.
The 2017 CIX Top 20 are (in alphabetical order):
"The CIX Top 20 Program had a record number of applications this year, with a high proportion of early-stage companies with less than $100k in revenue,” said Lauren Linton, Executive Director of CIX. “It is exciting to see so many young tech companies with such great potential to contribute to Canada’s success as a global innovation leader.”
The CEO of each CIX Top 20 company will present at CIX 2017 on Oct 17-18 and share their story and unique innovation to a crowd of over 750 investors and peers in the North American technology ecosystem. Alongside these showcases will be interactive sessions led by Canada’s top tech business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs.
‘These businesses join an elite list of hot Canadian tech companies that have made up the CIX Top 20 over the past decade’ added Lauren Linton. Past Top 20 alumni include Achievers, Axonify, BlueJLegal Breather, Busbud, CareGuide, Chango, D-Wave, Figure 1, Frank & Oak, Hubba, IGLOO, Influitive, Kobo Books, League, Nuology, ScribbleLive, Thalmic Labs, Unata, UrtheCast, Vidyard, Wattpad, and Wealthsimple, to name just a few.
CEOs and Founders of the CIX Top 20 companies will be invited to open the TMX market on Sept 20, alongside other key players in the CIX community.
Special Announcement: Uber's Bozoma Saint John, Chief Brand Officer at CIX 2017
CIX is very excited to announce that Bozoma Saint John is CIX’s closing keynote speaker!
Bozoma Saint John is the Chief Brand Officer at Uber, where she is tasked with telling the stories of our millions of riders and driver partners across 600+ cities.
Over the course of her career, Bozoma “Boz” Saint John has earned a formidable reputation as a trailblazing marketing and advertising executive. Most recently, Boz was the Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes. In the role, she spearheaded campaigns geared towards growing consumer brand recognition, loyalty and equity around the world. Boz stole the show at Apple’s keynote World Wide Developers Conference when she introduced the new interface for Apple Music. Following the presentation, Buzzfeed called her the "coolest person to ever go on stage at an Apple event.”
Before Apple, Boz was head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at Pepsi-Cola North America, where she drove breakthrough consumer engagement plans for brands across the soda giant’s beverages portfolio by engaging tastemaker-consumers. Prior to Pepsi, Boz served as VP of Marketing for Ashley Stewart, a women’s fashion brand, as well as managed accounts at advertising agencies Arnold Worldwide and Spike Lee's SpikeDDB.
Boz was born in Middletown, CT, but spent her early childhood in Nairobi Kenya, Washington DC, and Accra Ghana, before immigrating to Colorado Springs CO when she was 12 years old. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English and African American Studies from Wesleyan University (at which she currently sits on the President’s Advisory Council). ?
2017 CIX Advisory Board Co-Chairs
Michael Hyatt & Michelle Scarborough
Michael Hyatt is and entrepreneur and investor. Michael is the Co-founder of BlueCat. He is a weekly business commentator on CBC News Network and one of the new “Dragons” on CBC’s Next Gen Den – Dragon’s Den. Michael is a Founding Partner at the Rotman School of Management Creative Destruction Lab, and on the CEO Board of Advisors at Georgian Partners. Michael also co-founded Dyadem, a highly successful software company that was acquired by IHS (NYSE: IHS). He is a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40™ Award, and an active speaker & investor. Michael also chairs the Hyatt Family Foundation, which focuses on health and education issues.
Michelle Scarborough is Managing Director, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech. In this position, she leads the origination and execution of strategic initiatives to fill current and future financing gaps in the Canadian ecosystem. She is also responsible for BDC’s $70M investment to bring capital to high-growth tech companies with women in the lead.
Michelle has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneurs and investor across various industries and sectors. Before joining BDC, she was Senior Vice President at Kensington Capital Partners Limited, where she was responsible for the growth and management of its fund of funds and direct investment activity in Western Canada including venture capital, private equity, infrastructure and energy technology investments. Previously, serving as Managing Director of the Invest Ottawa Regional Innovation Centre, she founded one of the first technology accelerators in Ontario, a model that was replicated in 13 accelerators across the province. She also structured and launched the $250M Ontario Emerging Technology Fund, and was a co-founder and Managing Partner of Fronterra Ventures—an oil and gas technology venture fund. She has served as CEO of Smart Seed Ventures Management Inc., and of Scarborough Associates Management, and she was Interim CEO of Solflex. Michelle has been a founder or co-founder of various private and public companies including Roll Up Capital Corp., Rodeo Capital Corp III, Metropolitan Energy Corp., and Bonita Capital Inc.
Ms. Scarborough is a director of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association and is past chair of the National Angel Capital Organization. She is a founder of the Women’s Angel Network in Canada.
Keynote: Dr. Marc Teerlink, Chief Business Strategist, IBM Watson
Capitalize on AI: Moving from Startup to Scale Up
Marc is a recognized business and thought leader, with a successful track record as a serial entrepreneur within corporations. He has been inspiring, coaching and leading organizations to reframe opportunity for innovation, while turning data into dollars. He continues to transform businesses with his no-nonsense execution, even when change seems insurmountable.
Along with coaching startups, teaching MBA courses and publishing numerous papers he is an avid sailor, passionate chef, photographer and first and foremost, a proud father.
REAL MATTERS NAMED CIX 2017 ‘INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR’ RECIPIENT
Markham-based company wins award for disrupting the mortgage lending industry
(Toronto, June 28, 2017) - CIX announced today that Real Matters, one of Canada’s fastest growing companies, has been named CIX’S 2017 Innovator of the Year.
Real Matters is a leading network management services provider for the mortgage lending and insurance industries. Real Matters’ platform combines its proprietary technology and network management capabilities with tens of thousands of independent qualified field agents to create an efficient marketplace for the provision of mortgage lending and insurance industry services. The platform facilitates competition between field agents, such as residential real estate appraisers, to deliver performance-driven services, which brings superior quality, transparency and efficiency to its clients.
“When we started Real Matters over a decade ago, our goal was to use technology to bring innovation and efficiencies to a segment of the mortgage lending industry where we knew there was a great opportunity for improvement,” said Real Matters founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jason Smith. “I am extremely proud of the leading market positions we’ve established both here in Canada and in the U.S., and am honored to be receiving this award which recognizes innovation in this country.”
Real Matters has a strong client base, which has experienced significant growth. In the U.S., Real Matters’ clients include approximately 60 of the top 100 mortgage lenders. Real Matters is based in Markham, Ontario and has offices in offices in Buffalo, New York; Cincinnati, Ohio; Denver, Colorado and Middletown, Rhode Island.
The CIX Innovator of the Year Award is given annually to a Canadian company that disrupts and transforms an industry in profound ways. “The CIX Innovator of the Year Award is a key component of CIX,” said Lauren Linton, Executive Director of CIX. “Recognizing and celebrating Canada’s tech industry successes is hugely important and we are proud to present this award to Real Matters.” Past recipients of the Award have included Desire2Learn, Vision Critical, Shopify and Wattpad.
CIX is Canada’s leading innovation investment conference destination where tech investors, innovative companies, entrepreneurs, and facilitators converge to learn, network, and connect to accelerate the development and implementation of new ideas that drive economic growth. CIX takes place Oct 17-18 in downtown Toronto.
“Real Matters is one of Canada’s fastest growing and most innovative tech companies,” said Carey Diamond, Partner at Whitecap Venture Partners. “Jason and his team have spent the past decade building this business, and in the past three years, they have more than doubled revenues, with a client retention rate of approximately 95 percent. We’re thrilled Real Matters is being recognized by CIX for its innovation.” Whitecap Venture Partners is a venture investor in Real Matters. The firm participated in eight financing rounds in Real Matters prior to its recent IPO, beginning with a seed investment in 2007.
Jason Smith, will accept the award on behalf of Real Matters and share his story and insight at as the opening keynote speaker at CIX on October 17.
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Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX)
CIX is the ‘must attend’ event for leaders in Canada’s innovative economy. In its 10th year, CIX attracts 750+ technology industry leaders, tech entrepreneurs and investors (VCs, angels and accredited investors) from across the Canada and the United States. This exclusive event showcases Canada’s most innovative and promising young tech companies and provides the tools to networking, build new relationships and increase deal flow. CIX facilitates hundreds of new relationships and has fostered hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions. CIX takes place Oct 17-18 2017 at Hilton Toronto. www.cixsummit.com #CIX2017